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Mobile phone firms revel in positive tablet sales
(25/02/2011 16:27:37)

People looking to recycle mobile phones may have been tempted to snap up one of the many tablet devices that have flooded the market.

Many telecommunications manufacturers now produce the gadgets and people who have considered selling mobile phones in order to get an upgrade may also fancy swapping their PC for a tablet device.

Latest statistics released by ABI Research showed that 4.5 million tablets were sold in the third quarter of 2010.

Fans of Apple's iPhone may have been tempted to explore the benefits to be had from owning an iPad.

Indeed, the research firm noted that of all the gadgets sold during this period, 93 per cent were said to be iPads.

Bosses at ABI Research believe that Apple's popularity in this market may be so strong because it was the first firm to launch such a device.

However, senior practice director Jeff Orr feels that Apple's grip may diminish as more firms release similar products.

"Over time, Apple's first-to-market iPad advantage will inevitably erode to some extent," he observed.

Mr Orr also highlighted the strong appeal of eBook devices, particularly among US citizens.

"The US continues to be the leading market for eBook readers and the three top vendors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, are comfortably maintaining their top positions in it," he added.

Amazon has also seen its Kindle devices prove popular in the UK, as well as other parts of the world.

It appears that technologically advanced gadgets such as tablets and smartphones are becoming increasingly sought after.

This week, ABI Research revealed that Android-powered mobile phone devices soared in popularity in 2010.

Statistics showed that the Google-owned operating system saw its influence on the market rise from four per cent to 24 per cent throughout the course of 2010.

The number of smartphones sold last year was 302 million, which was a massive increase on 2009 when 177 million were shipped.

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